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What We Love

  • Berkshires location, a spot that’s beautiful year-round
  • Curling up by one of the (many) fireplaces
  • The cozy library, filled from floor to ceiling with books and outfitted with plush leather couches
  • A top-notch spa offering facials, massages and yoga classes
  • Hike the trails or the nature reserve; guided hikes and snowshoe treks (winter only) are available
  • The manor is just 15 minutes from the slopes at Butternut Mountain

What To Know

  • Better for couples
  • Ideal for those looking to unplug and relax in country luxury
  • The dirt road can be icy and bumpy in the winter; four-wheel drive is recommended
  • Don’t expect to see any bars on your cell phone — there’s no service for miles
  • No TVs in rooms, but there is free WiFi
  • The Berkshires are typically colder than nearby cities (even in summer), so be sure to pack accordingly
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Overview

The Review

Mepal Manor, which lies a few minutes down a curvy dirt path in sleepy New Marlborough, Massachusetts, may be remote, but it’s certainly not for country bumpkins. The regal mansion appears as you come around the last bend, looking as if it was stolen from the Scottish Highlands and then rebuilt, stone by stone.

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The Manor itself has only 12 rooms, many of which have working fireplaces but none of which has a television. Each room has a smattering of unique pieces snagged from antique shops from around the region, and all three floors are covered with enough gorgeous carpets to outfit a Turkish rug store.

The first floor’s Great Hall more than lives up to its name, with windows overlooking the grounds and hand-painted frescoes of forest scenes. After throwing a few logs on the fire, the chatty manager, Waddy, ducked into the kitchen and returned with bottle of red. The supple brown velvet couch, wine and fire thawed out my ever-frozen toes.

The details throughout the manor are thoughtful and never overdone, from the brass birdcage alongside the colorful framed portrait of a pheasant to the huge terra-cotta pots brimming with 70-year-old jade plants. The bathrooms are a bit quirky. Some are closet-size, others are far more spacious, but they’re clean. Falling asleep while the fire blazed, tucked under the heavy brocade blankets heaped on the kingsize sleigh bed, I felt as if I was living in a Brontë novel.

Housed in a separate, modern structure, the manor’s 6,000-square-foot spa has four spa rooms, a yoga studio, a salon and a gym outfitted with trampolines, mats and cardio equipment. There’s also a hot tub and steam room, and yoga class offered at 10 a.m. every day. Afterward, hit the free breakfast of just-baked coffee cake and scones, fresh yogurt and granola. And then the Berkshires are yours to explore.

How to Get There

Mepal Manor
100 Stone Manor Drive
New Marlborough, MA 01230 United States